50 Jobs in 50 States

50 Jobs in 50 States

One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

eBook - 2011
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In this amazing account, Daniel Seddiqui tells of working fifty different jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin to a border patrol agent in Arizona, he details his journey across the industries and cultures of the United States and offers lessons he learned along the way about perseverance, risk taking, adaptability, networking, and endurance.
Publisher: Oakland : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781605098609
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (197 pages)
Additional Contributors: ProQuest (Firm)


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Feb 26, 2016

In 2008, Seddiqui finds himself newly graduated from college and unable to find a job. After countless resumes, a few interviews, and a couple of gigs as a volunteer athletic coach, he decides to take his fate in his own hands. His scheme is to work a different job every week in a different state. The goal is to work a job most representative of the state's economy. During the eventful, often surprising, year, Seddiqui discovers that America is made up of many, many subcultures. The jobs range from South Dakota rodeo announcer to Oregon logger to West Virginia coal miner with everything in between. During the journey, he sheds a girlfriend, discovers that he hates office work, and finds a bigger world outside the social media world of his native California. He is now self-employed as a motivational speaker.

Feb 22, 2016

Great read for young people looking to gain experience and learn how to build confidence in fields that you're uncomfortable in. Inspirational read for all.

May 15, 2015

I read this book a couple of times and each time found it more adventurous, inspiring and lessons to learn. I think it is specially a good read for young graduates or even people who are still in school trying to decide and choose a career

VV5 Feb 05, 2015

This is an incredibly fun read!

Many college graduates find themselves being unemployed or underemployed after earning their degrees. Author Daniel Seddiqui found himself in this boat too. After struggling to find more than minimum wage, part-time seasonal work, he decided to make a very drastic goal for himself: work 50 jobs in 50 states… in 50 weeks!

When he wasn’t working on a job, he was working to line up his next job, or driving to his next job. It was a very intense process! He worked jobs in each state that were representative of the region. For example, he was: a lobsterman in Maine; a national park service ranger in Wyoming; and a coal miner in West Virginia. Talk about variety (check out his LinkedIn page for a full list—or better yet, just read the book)!

Though I read this a few years ago, I remember his writing being excellent. I can still remember reading about when he worked as a sugar maker in Vermont, and the vivid descriptions he made of the rich smells where the syrup was processed. He infuses his writing with humor and as well as angst (I can’t imagine such a hectic life being anything other than a struggle!). He really brings the reader along with him on his adventure, and manages to impart some hope along the way for those who find themselves chronically un/under employed.

This would be a great non-fiction book for someone who would normally avoid non-fiction.

Aug 01, 2011

This was a very interesting book. He is very adventurous. A good book for those who are wondering what to do with their lives.


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